Coronavirus: Holidays scrapped as France closes all ski resorts two months early – World News

All French ski resorts are closing today and will not reopen for the rest of the season as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The announcement was made by ski resort operators dealing another heavy blow to a France’s tourism industry.

“The ski season ends today,” Domaines Skiables de France, which groups the country’s resort operators, said on Twitter.

“Holiday-makers and professionals, we’re all passionate about skiing and must face up to the seriousness of the situation.”

Most resorts usually close in April or early May.

The shutdown comes just three weeks before the French and British school holidays, one of the busiest periods of the season.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Saturday evening that France would shut all shops, restaurants and entertainment sites.

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Ski resort operators are dealing another heavy blow to a France’s tourism industry (file photo)

France has taken several steps to delay the spread of Covid-19 including the closure of restaurants, schools, universities, cafes, theatres and nonessential shops, the FCO said.

Gatherings of more than 100 people have been banned and tourist attractions have been shuttered.

The FCO has not currently advised British nationals not to travel to France.

A woman wearing a protective mask walks past the Louvre pyramid and the Louvre museum in Paris

The Foreign Office website says: “There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in France.

“The French government outlined new measures on 14 March to delay the spread of coronavirus.

“This includes the closure of all non-essential establishments open to the public from Midnight, 14 March, until further notice (i.e. restaurants, cafes, cinemas). Food shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, and banks will stay open.”

Big gatherings have been banned in France

France will shut shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities from Sunday with its 67 million people were told to stay home after confirmed infections doubled in 72 hours.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the government had no other option after the public health authority said 91 people had died in France and almost 4,500 were now infected.

“We must absolutely limit our movements,” he said.


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